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Summer is here and there are some exciting products I just had to share with you! Sometimes looking online or in stores for summer necessities and toys can be a bit overwhelming. There are thousands of products out there and hard to tell which product is truly the best. No one likes to waste money on a product they won’t use and definitely not on one that will break after only a couple uses. All these items in our list have been owned by either myself or close friends and family. So without further adieu, we present to you, our top picks for Summer 2012!


10.  Green Toys™ Sand Play Set

What they say: Build a castle. Dig for buried treasure. No matter how ambitious the project, the world’s most eco-groovy sand play set always leaves a light footprint. Like all Green Toys™ products, our Sand Play Set is made from advanced environmentally friendly materials, helping to reduce fossil fuel use and C02 emissions, all in the name of Good Green Fun™!

Why we love it: Two words: Environmentally Friendly! We own several Green Toy products and every product we own is not only wonderful, but durable! The plastic on the Sand Play Set is thick and will not crack easily like most play sets. The set is made from strong, recycled plastic that is BPA-free. Their toys are also made in USA.

9.  UV Skinz- UV Swimwear

What they say: LIVE IN OUR SKINZ! Kids’ swimwear should be fabulously fun and functionally sun protective at the same time. Here are some reasons why our sun protective swim wear is unique:

  • 50+ UPF certified fabric (tight, sun protective fabric weave blocks out over 98% of sun’s harmful rays)
  • Elastane threading throughout (allows for more stretch)
  • Flat-lock stitching (no raised seams to irritate skin)
  • Lightweight, breathable construction
  • Unique Name Tag inside collar (kids’ shirts don’t get lost at the pool or beach!)
  • FREE “Live in Our Skinz” accessory bracelet
  • Chlorine-Resistant fabric
Why we love it: Everyone knows how important it is to protect yourselves and your children from the sun. Sometimes sunscreen just isn’t enough, which is why we always put a rash guard on our children. One thing I love about UV Skinz is the passion behind this amazing company. UV Skinz was started when a mom of three lost her husband to skin cancer. She made it a mission to raise awareness around this horrible disease any way she could. By covering up our kids from the suns harmful rays, we can make a difference. The designs are also stylish and the pricing is affordable.

8.  ZOKU Quick Pop Maker

What they say: The patented Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes right on your countertop without electricity. Quickly make striped pops, yogurt pops or (for the first time ever at home) flavored core pops. To enjoy Quick Pops at a moment’s notice, simply store the compact base in your freezer. The kit includes six durable, reusable plastic pop sticks that have unique ridged designs that allow pops to adhere securely, with special drip guards for tidy eating. A specially designed Super Tool helps to quickly release the frozen treats from their molds. The unit can make up to 9 pops before refreezing the unit again. Includes 1 Quick Pop Maker, 6 sticks, 6 drip guards, and 1 Super Tool.

Why we love it: Do I really need to explain why this made it onto our list? My son is always bothering me the minute we make homemade popsicles, asking me if they are ready yet. No matter how many times I tell him they won’t be ready for a few hours, he still asks me as if we didn’t just have that conversation. With the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, our popsicles can be ready in as little as seven minutes. Plus, we can customize the popsicles to our liking by adding in fresh fruit.

7.  Wheely Bug

What they say: Wheel around on the Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug! This fun ride-on toy comes in bright, friendly designs and is an instant hit for boys and girls alike. Whether they want to go backwards, forwards, sideways or just round and round, your child will not get stuck against obstacles. The Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug has a padded layer of sponge which is covered with a layer of polyurethane leatheroid and can easily be wiped clean. Great on smooth level floors and ideal for indoor play, the Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug helps promote gross motor skills and balance

Why we love it: If you haven’t read Emily’s article on the Wheely Bug, then you must read it now. Like most ride-ons, these amazing little bugs can be used sitting or standing. Your Wheely Bug can go front to back to side to side, diagonally, in circles, whichever way your little one wants to go! Both Emily’s son and my two boys just love the Wheely Bug!

6.  Cool Wazoo

What they say: Cool Wazoo is a revolutionary multifunctional product that incorporates a high-tech material on the inside that works as a surface that repels heat, a large diaper changing pad, restaurant high chair cover, car seat cover, grocery cart cover and bucket swing seat insert. It’s a 5-n-1!

Why we love it: We wrote about the Cool Wazoo not too long ago, you can check out our article here. This is probably one of the most ingenious products I have ever owned. One reason why it made our top summer ‘must-haves’ is because it can be used as a bucket swing cover. During the summer swing seats can get scorching hot, enough to leave with third degree burns within one second. By using this swing swat cover, you are not only protecting your child from the heat, but the germs on a public swing as well.

5.  Skip Hop Little Zoo Luggage

What they say: Zoo friends roll along for travel fun! Little kids will love rolling through the airport or to Grandma’s with their own Zoo luggage. Sized perfectly for carry-ons and overnight trips, Zoo luggage is sturdy enough for everyday use or distant journeys. The detachable shoulder strap adjusts so adults can carry hands-free when little ones get tired. The front zip pocket with mesh divider makes it easy to reach smaller items like snacks or books.

Why we love it: Okay, first of all… how adorable are these? We recently took a family vacation to Hawaii and brought both boys’ Zoo Luggage with them. We couldn’t believe the amount of space the luggage had for their toys, book, sweatshirts and snacks. The luggage is small enough that even my 1 1/2 year old could tote his around, but big enough to store all their essential items. You can even bring them on as carry-on’s. You can read more about our thoughts on the Zoo Luggage by reading our article.

4.  SnoozeShade

What they say: The award-winning breathable blackout cover for single prams and strollers. It protects baby from the sun with maximum sun protection (UPF50+) or makes any time sleep time

Why we love it: If your kids are still in strollers, this is definitely a must-have for summer! I’ve seen so many moms pushing their kids during the day and trying to protect their sleeping child by putting a blanket over the stroller. I, too, have been that mom and never was able to fully cover my child from the sun and he always ended up sweating worse than before he fell asleep. SnoozeShade puts an end to that and does so much more. You can read more about it on Marcie’s article.

3.  Puddle Jumper

What they say: Kids like the fun design of the Stearns Puddle Jumper life jacket, and you’ll appreciate the security and confidence of high-quality construction and safety. The Puddle Jumper fits children weighing 30-50 pounds. It’s made of durable nylon and is Coast Guard approved. The Puddle Jumper fits comfortably over the child’s chest, with arm pieces that offer excellent stability and free range of motion in the water.
Why we love it: Have you seen this newest craze hitting the pools near you? If you are going to be bringing your child into the pool a Puddle Jumper is definitely something you need. On our recent trip to Hawaii, these became such a life saver. The Puddle Jumper allows your child to float, keeping your child’s head high above the water. It also helps to teach a proper swim position.

2.  Episencial Sunny Sunscreen

What they say: This broad spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer is water resistant for up to 80 minutes of sprinkler –proof fun! Safe minerals work to protect the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, while aloe and green tea extract keep skin cool and protected from IR damage.

Why we love it: This is absolutely the best sunscreen ever! I can not begin to tell you how many times I have recommended this sunscreen to my family, friends and strangers. I believe if you love a product, you should tell it to the world, and that is what I have been doing. The Sunny Sunscreen is non-greasy and leaves no white residue. It is also an Environmental Working Group top rated sunscreen. And if that doesn’t sell you on it, check out Erin’s article!

1.  Joovy Tricycoo Tricycle

What they say: The Joovy Tricycoo is a tricycle for children as young as 18 months! The Tricycoo is the perfect way to introduce your child to balance and coordination, one step at a time.   Your child will love the adventure of piloting their very first vehicle and parents love that they are in control while their child masters each stage of learning!

The concept of the Tricycoo is simple – your child does not need to steer, pedal or balance on their own.   They simply enjoy the fun and independence of their first tricycle while you guide them with the parent push handle (removable).   When engaged, the parent push handle overrides the steering on the Tricycoo.  It has 4-positions and is adjustable from 32.5 to 38 inches high.

Why we love it: We are huge Joovy fans, how could we not be? Their products are some of the best I’ve owned and affordable at that. The Joovy Tricycoo Tricycle is definitely our number one when it comes to summer ‘must-haves’. With the warm weather summer brings, most families spend as much time outdoors as possible. With a product like the Tricycoo, you can enjoy walks to the park and evening stroller a whole lot more. The Tricycoo is set up to really grow with your child. The tricycle comes with a removable parent push handle so once your child has mastered the first phase, you can remove it and let your child ride independently. There are so many great features to the Tricycoo that you just have to see for yourself!


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